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James Harden scores career-high 56 points

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POSTED November 5, 2017 11:17 p.m.

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored a career-high 56 points and added 13 assists in just 35 minutes to lead the Houston Rockets to a 137-110 victory over the Utah Jazz on Sunday night.

Harden finished 19 of 25 from the field after missing his last three attempts. The MVP runner-up was  7 for 7 from beyond the arc until he missed a step-back 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter as the shot clock was about to expire.

HAWKS 117, CAVALIERS 115: CLEVELAND (AP) — Dennis Schroeder scored 28 points and injury-riddled Atlanta beat Cleveland to end an eight-game losing streak.

Missing five players, Atlanta won for the first time since topping Dallas in the season opener.

WIZARDS 107, RAPTORS 96: TORONTO (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 38 points, Otto Porter Jr. had 19 and Washington overcame the absence of All-Star point guard John Wall to beat Toronto, winning for the second time in 11 meetings with the Raptors.

Marcin Gortat had 11 points and 12 rebounds, and Markieff Morris and Kelly Oubre Jr. each scored 10 points for the Wizards. Wall sat out because of a sprained left shoulder sustained Friday in a 130-122 loss to Cleveland. 

TRAIL BLAZERS 103, THUNDER 99: PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard had 36 points and 13 assists, Jusuf Nurkic added 25 points and Portland held off Oklahoma City.

KNICKS 108, PACERS 101: NEW YORK (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis scored a career-high 40 points, carrying the New York Knicks back from a 19-point deficit to a 108-101 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night.

Porzingis added eight rebounds and six blocked shots in his seventh 30-point performance in nine games this season.

LAKERS 107, GRIZZLIES 102: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brook Lopez scored 21 points, Brandon Ingram added 20 and Los Angeles blew most of a 22-point lead before hanging on for their third victory in four games.

Rookie Kyle Kuzma had 13 points and 12 rebounds in his second career start for the Lakers. 

TIMBERWOLVES 112, HORNETS 94: MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jeff Teague had 18 points and 12 assists and Minnesota beat Charlotte for its fifth straight victory.

Andrew Wiggins led Minnesota with 20 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns, Jimmy Butler, Gorgui Dieng and Jamal Crawford all reached double figures in scoring.

CELTICS 104, MAGIC 88: ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored 18 points and Al Horford added 14 points and 10 rebounds to spark Boston to a victory over Orlando.

The Eastern Conference-leading Celtics (8-2) have won eight straight after beginning the season with back-to-back losses. 

HEAT 104, CLIPPERS 101: LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Johnson made two free throws with 8.7 seconds left and Miami recovered after blowing a 25-point lead, bouncing back to beat Los Angeles.

The Clippers began the fourth quarter with a 16-0 run and surged to take a 101-100 edge with 16.3 seconds left. 

SPURS 112, SUNS 95: SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 points and San Antonio rolled past Phoenix.

The Suns were held to 13 points in the third quarter, the lowest production by a Spurs opponent in any quarter this season.

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